Sep 27, 2012 2:30pm PDT
energy companies to seek a low-cost solution for storing nuclear waste, ignoring other options that might have been more effective. the chancellor denies these allegations that go all the way back to the 1990's when she was serving as environment minister, but the allegations are quite serious. if they were to be proven, it would have big political implications for the chancellor. the chancellor, however, is taking this in a pretty relaxed mood. both she and her aides are looking very confident in this, and analysts think that she will come out unscathed. >> she does look pretty confident, but how does nuclear storage fit in with germany's new energy strategy? >> the fact is germany does not have a permanent waste disposal site for its nuclear waste, so the waste just keeps piling up. the country is exploring different possibilities, but they do not have one yet. every time another nuclear waste transport rolls into the temporary facility, there are massive protests. until a permanent site is found and that search goes on, the controversy will continue. >> thank you very much for that. >>
Sep 29, 2012 2:30pm PDT
to cheaper energy, or an environmental plague. how you view fracking depends on how you weigh the pros and cons. scott drills into a controversy that could affect us all. >> this is not about the kind of gas used by most cars. it's about natural gas, also called "methane." it's a fuel used for everything from cooking food, to heating homes, to even generating electricity. natural gas comes from deep underground. it's trapped amid layers of shale rock. to release the gas, you have to break apart the rock. that process is called "fracking," and that's what the controversy is all about. >> ♪ water goes into the pipe ♪ the pipe into the ground ♪ the pressure creates fissures 7,000 feet down ♪ ♪ the cracks release the gas that powers your town ♪ >> that's from a video produced by propublica. they're a group looking into whether fracking is safe. according to those in favor of fracking, it's not a threat. >> fracking has been used in the united states for decades, and it was developed quite a long time ago to do exactly what we do now with the natural gas. >> well, not exactly. f
Sep 26, 2012 5:30pm PDT
'll focus first on rebuilding ties with the u.s. abe has also criticized noda's energy policy, he said abolishing all nuclear plants is not the protocol and would hurt industry. he also said monetary easing is needed in order to overcome deflation and a stronger yen. >> here in japan we have the new party, japan restoration party, being called the third poll of japanese politics. it's become very popular. how does abe view them? >> he's focusing on the every move of the new party carefully. many japanese voters have known party leader toru hashimoto for quite a while. he's the mayor of osaka. he has often commented on tv. he's a populist and a nationalist. the polls suggest that his party will win more seats than the ruling dpj in the next general election. his party could be a strong rival for the ldp. but no party is expected to win a majority alone. so the new ldp leader abe may need to form a coalition with hashimoto's japan restoration party. >> we know the election is looming, although we don't know when. what happens next? >> abe will have to put the process in motion and he'll
Sep 29, 2012 9:00am EDT
, look at him flipping the club. he has just got so much energy. he's just pacing around like a cat. >> only the sixth ryder cup rookie to go 2-0 on day one under this current format. larry nelson did it in '79. olazabal, maggert, garcia and mahan did it four years ago. >> good pace, just didn't clear. >> to the side a little bit.